Birmingham Experience Design meetup #2 - Nov 2019

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Birmingham Open Media

1 Dudley Street


B5 4EG

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The second Birmingham Experience Design meetup!

We aim to offer an open and inclusive environment as a focal point that will support the growth of the digital user-centred design community in Birmingham.

Our first event in June gave us some great food for thought as everyone shared the day-to-day challenges they faced in their work as UX professionals. The most common themes were around building trust, engagement and buy-in from stakeholders for UX and research-led design.

Photograph of post-its from the first BHXD event

Responding to that, we have targeted this event to help us think about, discuss and address those issues; hopefully giving you some practical tips to take away and apply to your work.

Join us on Tuesday 26 November to explore the topic. We’ll have food provided, stickers(!), opportunities for everyone to get involved and some great conversation and networking.

No recruiters please, thanks for your understanding.


6:30pm to 7pm: Drinks and networking

7pm to 7:30pm: The art of (UX) storytelling and engagement - Lee Summerfield

7:30pm to 8pm: Food and drinks break

8pm to 8:30pm: Advocating for design - Olivia Sharp

8:30pm to 9pm: Networking followed by late drinks (venue to be confirmed)

The art of (UX) storytelling and engagement

Are you sitting comfortably? I want to tell you how storytelling has helped me has helped me engage with senior stakeholders and how I’ve created my own UX story based on a three year roadmap to UX awesomeness. I will share my insights into engagement, what’s worked for me and what hasn’t; how to identify a ‘nutter’ from a ‘normal’ and how they can be your best friends and of how a bag of skittles helped me convince our MD to adopt a design system.

Speaker: Lee’s career has spanned over 20 years in design, working in a London based-agency through the dot-com bubble and then going on to establish a Manchester branch before moving to work client-side. Since 2008, Lee has focused solely on User Experience (UX), with eight years as a Senior UX Designer in the healthcare sector, helping to establish best practices. He joined AJ Bell in 2018 and is responsible for the design and experience of their Investcentre product. He is passionate about UX and has spoken at UX conferences and events across the country.

Advocating for design: how to make friends and influence stakeholders

How do you make user-centred design land well when it’s new to an organisation’s culture? Can you create an environment that gives room for designers to breathe, while building a reputation for design thinking and proving that it’s worth it?

Olivia and Nick will lead a hands-on workshop on advocating for good design practice. You’ll be sharing your experiences and learning techniques to help move things along where you work.

Speaker: Olivia has worked with various organisations in the public sector including DVSA, NHS and MoJ, helping them to get to grips with user-centred design and agile methodology while delivering large scale online services.

She’s an experienced consultant and content strategist, and has recently moved into product management. Olivia has worked on high profile services including NHS.UK and and the NHS service manual, MoJ’s ‘Get help with prison visits’ and ‘Apply for probate’ services and the Age UK website.

About BHXD

Our goals

  • Create a focal point that can help to support an XD community in Birmingham
  • Provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking with peers in the industry
  • Increase the profile and confidence of our practice in the Birmingham tech ecosystem
  • Live up to our values.

BHXD Values

We aim to be inclusive, diverse, transparent, innovative, inspiring, user-centred and democratic.

These are a starting point that we hope resonates with you; but what we do next and how we evolve will be informed by a collective effort.

Is this event for me?

If you have any questions or are nervous about any aspect of attending, please let us know. We truly want our event to be as accessible, just as we should work to make accessible products. We’ll do all we can to remove any barriers that might prevent people from attending or feeling part of the community. The best way to reach us is via Twitter at XDBrum. Our direct messages are open.

What do we mean by open and inclusive?

We’re not focussing on one aspect of digital design. We want to promote and share the best of user-centred, research-driven design, and that cannot be achieved by working in silos. Whether you consider yourself a UX, interaction, content or service designer... A user researcher, product manager or a combination... if you’re a student, junior, senior or leader and want to learn more about or move into these fields… we hope to provide a place where you will find people and topics to engage and inform.

Importantly, we also want to build on some of the positive movements we’ve seen within the design and technology industry recently and make sure that inclusivity and accessibility are baked into all that we do from the start. We might not get everything right the first time, but we’ll try, and we’ll keep improving.


Our venue and catering are kindly provided by Kainos (please purchase your own drinks from the BOM cafe)

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